Energy Committee Update

September 11, 2009
Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky

Legislative Update

In their session yesterday, the Senate gave final legislative approval to a “green jobs” bill, but failed to pass a bill requiring broad greenhouse gas limits.

Regulatory Review

Governor Paterson issued Executive Order 25 which creates a Governor’s regulatory review committee, and a review process to evaluate existing state regulation in order to “reduce unnecessary burdens, costs and inefficiencies” and to help improve the state’s economic climate. This effort will initially focus on six state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation. These participating agencies are directed to invite public comment on unnecessary, duplicative and/or burdensome regulations, and provide a 60 day period for public input. Agencies are to issue a report on recommended changes for between two and ten especially problematic rules.

The Business Council is soliciting input on anti-competitive regulations imposed by New York State agencies. Clearly, several major environmental regulations, including those related to greenhouse gas emissions, new source review, and water intakes are of particular concern. We would welcome your input on these and other environmental regulations having an adverse impact on the state’s energy sector.

For additional information, contact ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org